Akershus Fortress is a medieval fortress in Oslo, Norway that was built to protect and provide a residence for the royal family of Norway. The fortress is thought to date back to the late 13th century and has been restored and improved since. The fortress only served for a period as a place for royalty, in more recent times it has been a prison, government offices and also been used by the military. The fortress is still used by the military but opens its doors for the public to explore its history.
The best way to get to the fortress is by tram, take the number 12 tram to Kontraskjæret.
Opening Times and Admission
The fortress is open daily to the public, 6am-9pm. Guided tours are available to the public in the summer months and run from the visitor centre. Entrance to the fortress is free. The fortress also hosts concerts and major events through the year.